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Las Vegas 51s 10

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Posted 2016 May 14

I've got to hand it to this team. If you had asked me to name a team based in Las Vegas after anything nearby, I'd have been completely incapable of coming up with anything not related to gambling. Admittedly I'm not very familiar with the city (the closest I've ever been is Salt Lake City, and even that was just to switch planes), but we're definitely dealing with a city with only one association in people's minds. Well, two if you count legal prostitution, but that's not likely to lend itself to a good sports team name, and technically it's an incorrect association (each county in Nevada is allowed to decide whether or not to allow prostitution; Clark County does not allow it). In any case, the team here came up with a brilliant nearby reference: Area 51, supposed home to aliens, UFOs, and god only knows what else.

There's just one problem here, which is that Area 51 isn't actually nearby. It's over one hundred kilometers away. In terms of local references, names like "Montreal Americans", "Orlando Beachcombers", or "Baltimore Capitals" would be more appropriate. A New York team incorporating the Liberty Bell into its logo would make more sense. I understand that it's a little different in the western part of the country, where the population density in some areas is actually negative. There are no incorporated cities between Las Vegas and Groom Lake, nor any real signs of civilization. Still, that doesn't change the fact that this place is over 100 km away. Given the general lack of roads in the area, you'd be hard pressed to get there within an hour of leaving Las Vegas city limits. You'd also be shot when you got there, but that's a separate issue.

That being said, it's hard to not like the logo. I could do without the baseball stitching on the alien's head, but other than that it's quite clever. The inclusion of an alien in the first place is quite clever. The font for "Las vegas" is a nice touch as well: it's the same font as used to write the title of the original Star Trek series. The name? Well, it's an odd name (I was about to ask "Why 51s instead of 51ers?", but then I said "51ers" out loud and instantly had my answer), but it makes a more direct reference to the area that inspires the team name than anything else I can think of, so I'll let it slide. Besides, I'm just happy to see them avoid gambling and prostitution references. I could let just about anything slide as long as they avoided those two topics.

Final Score: 10 points.
Penalties: Equipment, 13 pts.
Bonuses: Local (half bonus), -3 pts.


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